Us Arizonan’s are accustomed to seeing cacti everywhere we go. But what is cactus water?
You might have noticed an influx of cactus water in your skincare products. This is because cactus water has a high concentration of electrolytes. These electrolytes protect the skin from sun damage and collagen loss.
Okay, fine, the thought of taking a prickly cactus to your face doesn’t exactly scream self care and relaxation. But, there’s a reason those little guys thrive in the desert’s dry air: they’re full of ultra-hydrating H2O that sustains them over during long dry spells.
We’ve seen a surge in cactus water-based skincare lately, and as summer fades to fall, my skin (and my dating profile…it’s cuffing season, y’all) is getting seriously thirsty. So to separate fact from fad, I tapped celebrity dermatologist Dr. Lily Talakoub of McLean Deramtology & Skincare Center for her expert opinion.
So what’s all the hype about?
Dr. Lily Talakoub: Cactus water contains a much higher concentration of electrolytes to hydrate the skin, and rich antioxidants that help prevent UV damage. Look for prickly pear cactus as an ingredient, it’s the only cactus that has a blend of multiple antioxidants, vitamins, and electrolytes. They protect the skin against sun damage, aging and collagen loss.
What skin types are best suited for cactus water?
DL: All skin types can benefit from cactus water skincare. Dry, dehydrated skin can benefit from the electrolytes that hold water and moisture in the skin, and acne prone skin can benefit from the antibacterial properties of cactus oil. Meanwhile, people with sensitive skin can benefit from the calming vitamins and nutrients in cactus oil.
Cactus water drinks are a big trend right now. Can drinking cactus water be good for your skin too?
DL: Similar to drinking Gatorade, the electrolytes replete lost electrolytes from the body after a heavy workout and help retain moisture in the skin. In general, it can help keep the body and skin more hydrated than drinking water alone.
Do you have any favorite cactus water-infused beauty products?
DL: Boscia cactus water moisturizer is amazing! It is so hydrating and leaves the skin soft and supple.
The verdict? Cactus water is here to stay. Shop some of our favorites below.